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Analysis | Thursday, May 9, 2024 2:13 PM (Revised at: Thursday, June 13, 2024 10:35 AM)

Euro 2024 Group E Prediction: Betting Tips Preview

Euro 2024 Group E Prediction: Betting Tips Preview
Associated Press / Alamy Stock Photo: Ukraine's Artem Dovbyk celebrates after scoring

The 2024 European Championships are nearly upon us, and with that, a Euro 2024 Group E prediction and betting tips preview for you to devour. It’s a competition that looks to be wide open. England are the favourites with France and host nation Germany not too far behind.

Tom Winch has taken a closer look at Group E. Belgium, Ukraine, Romania and Slovakia are the four nations involved. We’ve picked out two group-based selections in the preview below, and highlighted a number of attractive propositions at larger prices.

Will Belgium ease through the group as expected? Can Ukraine cause some problems? What sort of performances will Romania and Slovakia produce? Group E is full of unknowns.

Let’s hope the tournament is exciting and full of action. It’s difficult to pick a winner, that’s for sure.

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Euro 2024 Group E Overview Prediction: Analysing What Stands Out In The Main Markets?

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Group E is intriguing. Belgium is the standout nation, but they are not anything like they once were. Domenico Tedesco’s side is 17.00 to win Euro 2024, the seventh favourite. The Red Devils are far better offensively than they are at the back. Attackers such as Jeremy Doku, Leandro Trossard, Lois Openda, Johan Bakayoko and Romelu Lukaku provide a real threat. There’s little more to say about Kevin De Bruyne. He’s pure class and is one of the best players competing in Germany.

Ukraine could be a force. Sergiy Rebrov’s side is 101.00 to win this competition. I’m not saying that’s worth a punt whatsoever. When you look closer at their squad, some of the names impress. Artem Dovbyk has been fantastic for Girona this term.

Dovbyk’s 100/1 Charge

He’s the leading scorer in La Liga. The talented centre-forward certainly knows where the back of the net is. Andriy Lunin (Real Madrid), Ilya Zabarnyi (Bournemouth), Oleksandr Zinchenko Arsenal) Georgiy Sudakov (Shakhtar) are just a handful of names that will feature in the summer.

Eduard Iordanescu’s Romania last featured in the European Championships in 2016. They struggled in France as they finished bottom of the group, collecting just a single point. I think we can expect more from them in Germany. Tricolorii is priced at 1.61 to qualify. If you think they face an early exit, the 2.20 price available could be worth a punt. Several players in the Romanian squad play their trade in Europe’s top five leagues. Radu Dragusin (Spurs), Andrei Ratiu (Vallecano), Razvan Marin (Empoli) and Ianis Hagi (Alaves) are all expected to play a part. A few Romanian players play in Turkey, many in their home nation, whilst some have made the trip to the Middle East. This squad can put up a fight. Romania will not score many, but they will be compact and tricky to break down.

Slovakia is last but not least. Italian manager Francesco Calzona will know his team is against it in Germany. Sokoli is the lowest-ranked side in Group E, according to FIFA. There are many recognisable names on this Slovak side. Martin Dubravka (Newcastle) Milan Skriniar (PSG) Stanislav Lobotka (Napoli) are to name a few. Finding the back of the net could be their biggest struggle in Euro 2024. I think they lack real quality in offensive areas. Lukas Haraslin is arguably their best goal-scorer. The Sparta Prague man bagged the most goals in qualification, with just three. Slovakia got knocked out in the group stage in Euro 2020. I struggle to see how they manoeuvre their way into the knockouts this summer.

Diminishing Golden Years

I find it tricky to see anyone triumphing over Belgium in the group stage. Their golden years might be behind them, but there’s plenty of quality and experience amongst the squad. Domenico Tedesco’s side is 1.40 to win the group. That price doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest. I expect Ukraine to push the Red Devils over the three group matches. I’ve mentioned the quality they possess. Sergiy Rebrov’s men are priced at 6.50 to take the top spot of Group E. That price is rather appealing. Anything can happen over three matches in tournament football.

Kevin De Bruyne oozes class. He’ll be a player that’ll impress. Few can pick a pass like the Belgian does. The Manchester City man is 14.00 to provide the most assists in Germany, This selection has every chance.

It’s no surprise to see the likes of Kylian Mbappe (6.00) and Harry Kane (6.50) priced as the standout top scorers. Cristiano Ronaldo (13.00) and Jude Bellingham (15.00) aren’t far behind. Griezmann (26.0), Saka (29.00), Morata (34.00) and Depay (41.00) all have a decent chance. We can’t forget about La Liga’s leading scorer. He may not play for a leading nation like all the above, but his price is too big to ignore. Artem Dovbyk (126.00) is in fine form and has been all season long. Girona’s star will lead the line for Ukraine. He’ll also be on penalty duties. 

Euro 2024 Group E Prediction 1: Slovaks To Struggle 

Unfortunately, there are going to be nations that struggle. Group E has one side that I want to go against. Slovakia is the only side priced at odds on not to qualify. I think that’s fair enough. Euro qualification was relatively straightforward. Portugal won the group undefeated. Luxembourg, Iceland, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Liechtenstein were the other participants. Iceland and Bosnia have been declining over the years, whilst Liechtenstein is there to make up the numbers. Let’s be honest. Alongside Haraslin, Slovakia could be relying on Robert Mak for goals. The 33-year-old is playing for Sydney over in Australia. It’s not the most inspiring situation.

Looking back at Slovakia’s results over the last few tournaments, they’ve struggled against some unappealing nations. They featured in the UEFA Nations League – League C in 2022. Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan finished above Slovakia. Belarus held them to a draw. Many players who played in those encounters are still on the current side. Milan Skriniar is the most valuable player. He’s been injured for a significant period across 2024. Robert Bozenik could be the man to lead the line. Yep, I’ve admittedly not crossed paths with him either. The 24-year-old plays for relegation-threatened Boavista in Portugal. It’s a massive ask for a player who’s scored just twice in 2024.

Slovakia face Belgium in the opening round. They’re priced at 6.50 to win. If you think they can find the back of the net, then that’s priced at 1.61. Encounters against Romania and Ukraine are where it counts. I can’t overlook their lack of conviction in front of goal. 

Francesco Calzona is currently the manager of Napoli. He’s been in the dugout 13 times since taking over in February. The Italian boss has won just three times, drawing seven with three defeats. One of those defeats arrived against Barcelona, who knocked them out of the Champions League. His Napoli side hasn’t kept a clean sheet in any of those 13 outings. It doesn’t look good for Calzona and Slovakia.

 I’ll take the 1.80 price on Slovakia in the Group Qualification ‘No’. That’s my first selection.

  • Group E Prediction 1: Slovakia Group Qualification – No (TRACKED BET)
  • Best Odds: 1.80
  • Bookmaker: bet365
  • Stake: 5/10

Euro 2024 Group E Prediction 2: Back Belgium and Ukraine To Impress

I’ve been quite fond of Ukraine in this preview, and it could come back to haunt me. Andriy Lunin is a Champions League finalist with Real Madrid. Having a man between the sticks with experience has plenty of benefits. There are familiar names in defence who play in the Premier League. I have little doubts about them going forward, as already stated. This Ukraine side is young but has had experience in these situations before. They overcame Bosnia and Iceland to earn their place in Germany. 

Belgium shouldn’t struggle in the group stage. They’re expected to win this group comfortably. The 1.05 price for them to make the knockouts is understandable. Domenico Tedesco’s side is ranked 3rd in the FIFA rankings, which may come as a surprise. They won all three group games in 2020, claiming maximum points again wouldn’t come as a shock.

Tedesco has taken charge of 12 matches. He’s yet to lose with Belgium. When he was at Leipzig, his side averaged 1.9 points per match. The German has winning experience. Leipzig won the DFB Pokal in the 21/22 season. He also guided Schalke to second place in his debut season. He’s a young coach who has plenty of potential. 

Sergiy Rebrov is also a recent appointment. His first match as Ukraine boss ended in a 3-3 draw with Germany. In his ten outings, his side have tasted defeat just once. Draws with England and Italy are the other standout results. 

Belgium and Ukraine to finish in the top two is the bet for me. They’re the strongest nations in Group E. They have reliable goal scorers, plenty of experience at this level and just that extra quality across the park. It’s a decent price at 2.25 and one I’m happy to snap up.

  • Group E Prediction 2: Group Dual Forecast – Belgium and Ukraine (TRACKED BET)
  • Best Odds: 2.25
  • Bookmaker: bet365
  • Stake: 5/10

Euro 2024 Group E Prediction odds via bet365 as at 09:00, May 8th, 2024. Odds may now differ.

The Predicted Group E Standings

Belgium are worthy favourites for the top spot. They shouldn’t struggle all that much against Romania and Slovakia. Romelu Lukaku is a very reliable forward for the national team. Kevin De Bruyne can pick out a pass from nothing. He’s an asset for Belgium. Matches involving the Red Devils could be entertaining,  backing goals could be worth a play if the line and price are right.

Ukraine finishes second for me. I do like their price to win the group (6.50). If Artem Dovbyk can bring his shooting boots to Germany, then Ukraine could be an entertaining watch. They have enough to beat Slovakia and should edge past Romania. I think they can cause Belgium problems, that’s for sure.

Finishing third isn’t all that bad, and I think Romania claims that spot. I think they’re the biggest unknown from the four sides in Group E. Iordanescu has a 9-7-6 (WDL) record with Romania since his arrival in January 2022. I believe they can give all three teams a good run for their money, but their quality in front of goal could let them down.

Yeah, It’s Slovakia who finishes bottom. It’s possibly the most obvious selection. I’m not quite sure how they can trouble the others. They have experience but not too much talent in forward areas. I could be wrong about the Slovaks. Only time will tell.

Group E Standings Prediction

  1. Belgium
  2. Ukraine
  3. Romania 
  4. Slovakia

Euro 2024 Group E Fixtures

Round 1.

Romania vs Ukraine – Allianz Arena, Munich, 14:00 (17/06/24)

Belgium vs Slovakia – Deutsche Bank Park, Frankfurt, 17:00 (17/06/24)

Round 2.

Slovakia vs Ukraine – Merkur Spiel-Arena, Dusseldorf, 14:00 (21/06/24)

Belgium vs Romania – RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, 20:00 (22/06/24)

Round 3.

Slovakia vs Romania – Deutsche Bank Park, Frankfurt, 17:00 (26/06/24)

Ukraine vs Belgium – MHPArena, Stuttgart, 17:00 (226/06/24)

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